Sports  October 31, 2014
FIFA sorry for Crimea video blunder
People watch as the facade of the historical Bolshoi Theatre is illuminated with the official emblem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia in central Moscow on late October 28, 2014FIFA has apologised for an embarrassing diplomatic faux-pas when its video launching the 2018 World Cup logo portrayed the Crimean peninsula as part of Russia.The disputed clip was beamed on to the facade of Russia's historic Bolshoi Theatre at the official unveiling of the 2018 logo in the Russian capital on Tuesday.The strategic peninsula of Crim...  Full Story
World-leading goal-machine Aleksandar Duric quits at 44
SingaporeSingapore great Aleksandar Duric will bid farewell to one of football's most extraordinary and prolific careers when he plays his last match on Friday at the age of 44.The Yugoslav-born marksman is credited with more goals in a single league than any other active player, and he is the second oldest international goal-scorer in football history.Alon...  Full Story
Younis leads Pakistan charge against sloppy Australia
PakistanYounis Khan continued to dominate sloppy Australia as Pakistan reached 405-3 at lunch on the second day of the second and final Test in Abu Dhabi on Friday.Younis furthered his third consecutive century in as many innings and was unbeaten on 141 and with him skipper Misbah-ul Haq on an aggressive 55 as Pakistan continued to bat solidly against a ha...  Full Story
French 'roomies' lead the Colsaerts chase
Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium hits a fairway shot at the 9th hole of the second round during the BMW Shanghai Masters golf tournament at the Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai on October 31, 2014Nicolas Colsaerts boomed out a 64 to take the lead in the BMW Masters Friday, but it will be two French room-mates who will mount an assault on the Belgian in Saturday's third round.Alexander Levy is one shot behind Colsaerts on 13-under par after he followed his opening 65 with a solid 66 over the par-72 Lake Malaren layout.Romain Wattel -- who is...  Full Story
CSKA to test Zenit's title claims
ZenitĀ“s players pose for the team photo prior to the first leg UEFA Champions League Group C football match Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs FC Zenit St Petersburg, in Leverkusen, western Germany on October 22, 2014Zenit St Petersburg's title ambitions face a stiff test on Saturday when Andre Villas-Boas' Russian league leaders take on reigning champions CSKA Moscow.Zenit top the Premiership table with 29 points from 11 matches, four points clear of CSKA, with FC Krasnodar in third on 21 points.Against the Red Army side Zenit are hoping to bounce back after c...  Full Story
Golfing father G-Mac finds the perfect balance
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland tees off at the 9th hole during the final day of the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament at the Shanghai Sheshan International Golf Club on November 3, 2013Former major winner Graeme McDowell believes that being the newest member of the European Tour's 'daddy club' has enabled him to re-focus on his game and achieve balance in his life.The 35-year-old Northern Irishman shot a solid three-under 69 Friday to lie well placed at eight-under par for the tournament, six shots behind leader Nicolas Colsaerts...  Full Story
Knicks ruin James' homecoming, Clippers begin new era
Carmelo Anthony celebrates with J.R. Smith and Jason Smith of the New York Knicks during the final seconds of the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on October 30, 2014 in Cleveland, OhioLeBron James struggled as the New York Knicks spoiled his Cleveland homecoming, and the Los Angeles Clippers sneaked by Oklahoma City to begin their post-Donald Sterling era on Thursday night.James returned to his roots but Carmelo Anthony stole the spotlight by scoring 25 points to lift the Knicks to a 95-90 win in the Cavaliers' 2014-15 season op...  Full Story
Wallaby Beale on 'last chance' after fines
AustraliaTroubled Australia back Kurtley Beale has been issued with a last-chance warning after receiving a further fine arising from a mid-flight row with team officials, the Australian Rugby Union said Friday.Beale was fined Aus$3,000 ($2,650) for being rude and disrespectful to Wallaby team management on a flight from South Africa to Argentina last month...  Full Story